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Videos: Arrhythmias Animations by St. Jude Medical

Three short animations on ‘understanding arrhythmias and treatment options’ from St Jude Medical:

  1. Atrial Flutter: Fast Heartbeat Arrhythmia (fast heartbeat arrhythmia) (:28 sec.) 
  2. Pacemaker Treatment Option (too slow heart beat) (:49 sec.)
  3. Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) (dangerously too fast heart beat) (:57 sec.) 

Transcript of video
Atrial Flutter video transcript:

Atrial flutter starts in the upper chambers of the heart. During atrial flutter, the heart beats anywhere from 240 to 320 times per minute.

In atrial flutter, even though the upper chambers beat rapidly, only one-half to one-third of the electrical impulses reach the heart’s lower chambers. This is because the AV node, a cluster of cells located in the center of the heart between the upper and lower chambers, slows down the electrical signal before it enters the lower chambers.

This keeps the arrhythmia from becoming life-threatening. Atrial flutter can occur constantly or in episodes where the attacks last hours or days and are followed by a period of normal heart rhythm. 

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